Norwich sacking of Chris Hughton 'inevitable'
As Neil Adams prepares for his first day as Norwich manager, Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir says the club's board felt they had no choice but to part company with former boss Chris Hughton.
By Jamie Weir
Last Updated: 07/04/14 3:49pm
It appears Hughton has paid the price for his side's inability to find the back of the net regularly this season.
The Norwich board are saying they simply had no choice but to sack Chris Hughton - they're five points above the relegation zone and they've got a crucial game at Craven Cottage this weekend.
Hughton guided Norwich in his first season to 11th but the problem has been a lack of goals - just 27 in the whole season. Big money was invested in the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper but the goals just haven't come and that 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road to West Brom was the final nail in Hughton's coffin.
I'm told as early as November there was a growing voice among the board that it was time for a change. Crucially, the three voices that carry the most weight - the joint owners Delia Smith and her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones, and the chief executive, David McNally, thought they should stick with Chris Hughton but the fans felt otherwise.
They weren't happy with performances on the pitch. Even on Saturday night - when Hughton attended a party for away fans - the board were undecided whether to stick or twist but after discussions yesterday the decision was made.
Neil Adams is a man you probably won't know much about unless you're a Norwich fan. It's a big gamble putting in charge a man with no top-flight experience and Norwich's run-in is an absolute stinker.
Adams has been promoted from his position as manager of Norwich's youth team and led the side to their first FA Youth Cup triumph since 1983 when they beat Chelsea last season.
Following that triumph, Smith could not hide her admiration for Adams and his young side.
"He was always one of my favourite players," she said. "He was the best penalty taker, the best pundit when he retired and now he's the best manager - he is wonderful. What a lovely team and I think their manager is a top dog!"
Norwich take on Fulham this weekend, before facing the top four in the Premier League - Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal - in their final fixtures of the campaign. It's going to be a tough task for Adams to steer the Canaries to safety.